CUTTING DOWN – TIPS TO STAY ON TRACK
Support and advice to cut down or stop
If your drinking is at the increasing or high risk level we recommend you cut down - here are your options:
1. Wandsworth Community Drug and Alcohol Service (WCDAS)
WCDAS provides community drug and alcohol treatment and support for residents of Wandsworth who have problems with their drug and/or alcohol misuse. Anyone can refer themselves directly to the service. It offers a range of free and confidential treatment and support services for drug and/or alcohol misuse, including:
- Counselling and psycho-social support
- Group work
- Access to residential detoxification and rehabilitation
St John's Therapy Centre, 162 St. John's Hill, Battersea SW11 1SW
Tel. 020 8812 4120
2. Catch22 Wandsworth - free confidential advice and support to young people
Catch22 Wandsworth Young People's Health Agency offers free confidential advice and support to young people for emotional health concerns, we support young person to work through worries/issues such as bullying, anxiety, and self-harm. We also offer substance misuse support which enables young people to reduce/stop substance misuse, the treatment service for young people is aged up to 25. We also have a dedicated smoking cessation worker to support young people in moving away from tobacco use and or vaping.
We want to make it easy for you to access our services and ensure that from the start we can support your needs. If you have any particular difficulties or support needs, please let us know so that we can support your needs.
3. Speak to a specialist Alcohol Counsellor
You can find your nearest alcohol counselling service here
4. Join Drink Checker
Join Drink Checker to set yourself goals to cut down, keep track of your drinking and see how much you save each week. You can also receive regular tips by text or email.
5. Use our tips and tricks to cut down
6. Get support from a self-help group
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a free self-help group. Its "12-step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups.
Smart Recovery UK is also a network of free self-help groups. It believes change comes about through motivation, behavior change and self-learning.
Al-Anon Family Groups offer support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not.
7. Get advice from Drinkline
This is the national Telephone Helpline for anyone concerned about their drinking - Tel. 0800 917 8282 - with information and help to callers worried about their own drinking, as well as advice and support to family and friends
7. Mental Health Advice
Talk Wandsworth provide free confidential help for problems such as stress, worry and low mood. They offer talking therapies for people over the age of 18. You can refer yourself or you can be referred by a healthcare professional such as your GP. Their treatments are effective and evidence based. Treatments include, Guided Self-Help (GSH), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy and Counselling.
8. Further help online
Down Your Drink
Specialist website aimed at heavy drinkers with web-based counselling - Down Your Drink has been designed by doctors at University College London
Change for Life
Information on a healthier relationship to drinking from Change 4 Life - an excellent website from the Department of Health on keeping yourself healthy
NHS Information on alcohol
Detailed advice on alcohol and health from NHS Live Well
Drinkaware aim to increase awareness and understanding of the role of alcohol in society, enabling individuals to make informed choices about their drinking